Unbelievable

“The benefits of the conversion to Lean production are typically unbelievable to someone who has not experienced the change firsthand.”  Lean Production- The Challenge of Multidimensional Change by George Koenigsaecker, Chapter 13 in Becoming Lean Edited by Jeffrey Liker (Productivity Press, 2004) p. 458.

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Lean is a Superior Business Approach

“We should note that a Lean strategy is a superior business approach: it clearly delivers dramatic advantages tracked by conventional measures such as cycle times and defect rates, use of invested capital, and enterprise value. We have found that companies that fully commit to Lean dramatically outperform their competitors over time.”  The Lean Strategy by […]

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“Co-destiny”…What Is It?

“…successful organizations must develop a sense of ‘co-destiny.’ A key leadership responsibility is to establish a sense of common purpose and enroll the enterprise in its pursuit. Although individual talents and capabilities may be different, all are united in a larger purpose to which they can and must contribute.”  Designing the Future  by James M. […]

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You Get what you Challenge

“There is a famous saying, ‘You get what you measure.’ It may be more appropriate to say, ‘You get what you challenge.’ Teams will respond to challenges if they are well developed, are supported, and can be meaningfully translated for each team’s tasks.”  Designing the Future  by James M. Morgan and Jeffery K. Liker (McGraw […]

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Does Lean Align with a Christian Worldview?

Does Lean line up with the Bible’s teaching? Is it consistent with the Christian Faith? These were my questions when I first learned of Lean in 2007. I was cautious because of Lean’s origin in a NON-Christian culture. But after some initial study and thinking, the answer appeared to be “YES.” Two key elements of […]

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The Ultimate Competitive Advantage: Teamwork

“Not finance. Not strategy. Not technology.It is teamwork that remains the ultimate competitive advantage,both because it is so powerful and so rare…If you could get all the people in an organization rowing in the same direction, you could dominate any industry, in any market, against any competition, at any time.”  The Five Dysfunctions of a […]

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When People Point out a Problem

“None of us like to see reality when it’s unpleasant or disappointing; all of us are guilty, at least to some degree of wanting rose-colored glasses. This is not an excuse for punishing those who tell us the truth, and the tendency to do so must be vigorously resisted. If people raise a problem or […]

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Lean = Learning Together

“The breakthrough thinking that Lean offers is that of better individual competence and better teamwork. This means taking responsibility when things go wrong (as they do daily) and not explaining them away by blaming someone or something else–confronting the problems together without feelings of guilt or fault. We learn together when we learn to face […]

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Individual Accountability…or Rely on the Team? Both.

“Critical to Toyota’s success is single-point accountability. One person’s name goes up next to each item in an action plan. But in order to succeed, the individual responsible must work with the team, draw on its collective talents, listen closely to all team members’ opinions, work to build consensus, and ultimately give credit for success […]

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Make Teamwork the Foundation

“Toyota’s assumption is that if you make teamwork the foundation of the company and develop strong leaders, individual performers will give their hearts and souls to contribute to the team and make the company successful. …The Toyota Way is not about lavishing goodies on people whether they have earned them or not; it is about […]

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